So Why Do We Have Roadblocks at All?

The ACLU is lobbying officials in Jackson County to change the way traffic checkpoints are used. The ACLU was contacted by several Latinos who were detained for not having proper documentation. Charges were dropped against ten of the fifteen held. It is argued the checkpoints discriminate against Latinos. An article in the Sylva Herald lists several reasons for the ACLU’s involvement. Of interest is this curious statement:

In Mills v. District of Columbia it was determined that “checkpoints conducted for the purpose of general crime control deviate from the Fourth Amendment’s requirement that an officer must have individualized suspicion before stopping a vehicle.”